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[IPp] Family Stress May Dovetail With Diabetes

Ah... now not only sugar can cause T1D but so can stress.  *SIGH*
Rachel - Who hates fighting the "myths" every day...
Family Stress May Dovetail With Diabetes 

 Stress Can Cause Insulin Resistance, May Lead to Vulnerability to Type 1

By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
on Friday, February 11, 2005 
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 Feb. 11, 2005 -- Stress doesn't just frazzle families; it may also nudge them
toward diabetes.

 Psychological stress is a notorious health hazard. It takes its toll on the
heart as well as the emotions, and it's also been tied to pain, sleep problems,
and troubles with hormones and with the ability to fight illnesses.

 Stress can also trigger insulin resistance that may lead to type 1 diabetes,
Swedish researchers say in February's issue of Diabetes Care.

 The cause of type 1 diabetes isn't known. Neither are the ways that stress
affects the disease. Possibly, stress increases insulin resistance, putting
pressure on insulin-producing beta-cells, say the researchers.

 In type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system destroys beta-cells. This leaves
the body unable to make enough insulin to manage blood sugar levels. Add stress
to that scenario, and the beta-cells may be even more vulnerable.

 Many factors can influence the development of diabetes. Genetics may push some
people toward the disease. Extensive weight gain can also prompt insulin
resistance. Other environmental factors including viral infections have also
been explored for type 1 diabetes.

Curbing Stress

 You can't change your genes, but it's possible to ease other diabetes risk
factors, including weight problems and stress.

 Both physical and emotional stress can spike your blood sugar. It's impossible
to totally avoid stress. You can't live in a bubble to insulate yourself from
problems, and issues aren't always under your control.

 But improving your stress management skills makes it easier to ride out life's
ups and downs whether you have diabetes or not.

 Meditation and counseling could make a difference. So can journaling, voicing
your feelings in a positive and respectful manner, and finding activities you
love. Exercise is another great stress reliever, and it has plenty of other
health perks, including targeting any extra pounds.

Rachel - email @ redacted/jracheln

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